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Africa (all)

This page lists all reports that for Africa including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Africa.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours (continued)

Cycling The Road Less Travelled
by Spiros Analytis and Maria Abagis, tour started January 2008, submitted 19 November 2007

Welcome! We are Maria and Spiros, two slightly adventurous souls, who on January 12th, 2008 will begin a year long journey of a lifetime. The first part of our adventure will begin at the foot of the Pyramids in Giza, where we will embark on the 6th edition of the Tour D'Afrique. Starting in Cairo, Egypt and ending in Cape Town, South Africa, the Tour D'Afrique is a 12,000 km, 120 day cycling race/expedition across the exotic and intriguing African continent. More challenges and adventure are sure to follow as we then continue riding our bikes through Europe and Asia.

Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for WaterCan, a charity providing clean water and sanitation to impoverished communities, and Against Malaria which works to donate bed nets to fight Malaria, a devastating disease that kills over a million people a year.

See all 2 reports by Spiros Analytis and Maria Abagis

Morocco-Bike travel 10 days - feb 2006
by Bart Van Herck, tour started February 2006, submitted 8 October 2007
Africa: Morocco

Trip to Marrakesh. From Marrakesh over the High Atlas to the desert and back. As it was my first real cycling experience on my own I decided to stay on the main roads. There were only 20 km offroad.

See all 2 reports by Bart Van Herck

This is the itinerary
Round the World and other Tours
by Helen Cooney, tour started 2007, submitted 18 August 2007

Read about my adventures by bicycle around the world,taking in Europe, the Near East, India, South East Asia, Australasia, and the USA on Route 66.

For something a little less ambitious, I have prepared details of a three-week tour of the beautiful landscapes of central Portugal.

Or if you prefer a central base and some day rides, read about my routes on the Spanish island of Mallorca - a cyclist's paradise, with warm weather, flat hinterland, stunning mountain climbs, and huge ice-creams!

the Sinai desert, Egypt
Paul Carter's Cycling Adventures
by Paul Carter, submitted 12 July 2007

Just a simple compilation showing some photos of my solo, minimum preparation/planning, fast, travel light, using only my vacation allowance rides across the continents. First ride was with road bike, all other rides on Orange P7 rigid mountain-bike with semi-slick tyres.

First big ride 1993. New York to San Francisco via Grand Canyon and Death Valley. 6000km in 28 days
East Africa by Bicycle
by Pedro, Pablo and Raul aka Peter, Paul and Rob, tour started June 2006, submitted 9 May 2007

3 men, 3 bikes and 3 months - a swing through the mountains, forests and great lakes of east and southern Africa.

Crossing the Equator in Uganda
Biking around the world
by Andrew & Friedel, tour started September 2006, submitted 12 March 2007

We're Andrew & Friedel Grant - two Canadians who, after living in the UK for 6 years, have set off to travel the world by bicycle. We had no previous bike touring experience when we began, having really only gotten into cycling at the start of 2006, and when we say we ``got into cycling'' that means short commutes to work along flat cycle paths and the odd day trip, that usually ended up at the pub. We're still not quite certain how that translated into the situation where Friedel said ``hey, let's bike around the world'' and Andrew said ``sure, why not''. The first leg of our tour was in Canada, then through Europe to Morocco. We will keep cycling around the world; hopefully next towards eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Climbing mountains in Morocco
What a Wonderful World Tour 2006-2012
by Aaldrik Mulder and Sonya Spry, tour started August 2006, submitted 4 March 2007

Having sold all our belongings; paid all our debts; having said goodbye to all our friends, we will be looking forward to a five year cycling adventure. It will take us around the world and through five continents.

During our travels we'll keep you up-to-date via this site with travel stories via our diary; photos in our slide show; and we will even try to put some film in as well.

Pechon Spain, September 2006 - rest day
Traveling the world on a bicycle
by Blanche, tour started 2006, submitted 28 January 2007
Africa: Morocco
language: en, nl

Wonderful Maroc!

I started my cycling holidays in Maroc. After traveling a great part of the world and to Maroc two times by bus and one time by hired car. I hoped there was something better to do it, and there was....the bicycle. Since then the cycling-bug got me and I visited more countries on a bicycle.

On my windows webspace the route and the pictures tell the story of a few bicycletrips in Maroc. Enjoy!

See all 14 reports by Blanche

Round the World by Bike - 60 countries. 5 continents. 4 years. 46,000 miles
by Alastair Humphreys, tour started 2002, submitted 10 December 2006

The author is selling a book on his tour around the world, but has made several chapters available for free, in PDF format. Espcially the chapters on Ethiopia and Siberia are fascinating to read and among the best stories found on Trento Bike. This is true adventure. Here are two short paragraphs:

  • Ethiopia How can two sides of one village be so different? One hundred metres from Sudan and I had left behind Islam and North Africa and was into the continent's heart. The buildings, people and attitudes all felt different. The red dirt road was busy with pedestrians. Barefoot people and donkeys easily outnumbered the few fume-spewing, rattling vehicles. Women walked shaded beneath golf umbrellas, a strange sight in the African sun. Men bore a stout staff across their shoulders, their hands hooked over like wings. In Sudan the ladies flowed in colourful loose robes and men with bushy moustaches glided around in white galibayahs. In Ethiopia the men wore tight little shorts and tattered T-shirts, repaired many times, with a blanket draped over their willowy shoulders.

  • Siberia We rode on and on through a frigid emptiness of low hills white with snow or black leafless woods. The white road ahead on the wooded hillsides stood out like a photo negative. The horizon's high mountains looked enticing and I felt happy to be here, to be at the ends of the earth with my bicycle. ``I'm out here a thousand miles from my home, walking a road other men have gone down. I'm seeing a world of people and things,'' sang Dylan in my headphones.

Also check out the expedition advice.

world map with tour route
Tunisia 2005
by Nicolas de Hemptinne, tour started January 2005, submitted 8 December 2006
Africa: Tunisia
language: fr

South of Tunisia: a interesting country to visit with a bicycle.

See all 5 reports by Nicolas de Hemptinne

The crossing of Chott El Djerid
Our trip around the world - we are now in Cambodia
by Benoit Cote et Genevieve Fortin, tour started 2006, submitted 1 November 2006
language: en, fr

We are now in Cambodia, after 10 months of cycling thru New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand. Our site is bilingual.

Our web site is about the trip that we are now realizing. We have gone across the world to go back to Canada. We already crossed 5 different countries in 10 months. We will keep biking for around 2 more years. The subject treated by the web page is mostly about our trip (story, pictures, organisation) but we added a lot of other stuff like recipes, rock climbing, and small articles. We are French-Canadian, so our web site is belingual.

This is the road to get to Siam Reap from Thailand
A bicycle tour from Switzerland to South Africa
by Herve, tour started September 2004, submitted 19 October 2006

I decide to leave Switzerland and cycle until Tibet. The road decide for me and I finally arrive one and an half year later in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a journey dedicated to freedom, people and nature. This tour may continue to South America but I'm still working as a tour guide in Namibia to get money for the next destinations.

Have a look on my cold stage in Turkey, nice time in Syria, amazing Sudanese crossing, wild Tanzanian experience, pure Namibia, etc... I hope you will enjoy and feel free to contact me.

Bicycle World Tour
by Eric Wehrheim, tour started June 2005, submitted 23 August 2006
language: de, en, es, kr

Bicycle world tour part II from Mun Suk and Eric Wehrheim. Actual tour in South and maybe Central America. Open end. On the homepage you will find also some information and fotos from our bicycle-world-tour part I who was from Germany to South Corea by crossing Africa.

If the link to our homepage doesn´t work well (sometimes in South America this happend to me) please go to http://aventurero.cjb.cc. It´s the same page only on another server.

See all 2 reports by Eric Wehrheim

World Biking Africa
by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion, tour started June 2006, submitted 8 May 2006
language: en, fr

A 30,000 kilometer cycling adventure through Africa traversing 30 countries. Tales from the saddle, photos of the people we encounter and places we pass plus detailed information on our bikes and gear.

See all 2 reports by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion

Rock the Casbah
by Erik Nomden, tour started April 2003, submitted 6 May 2006
Africa: Morocco

The landscape is completely flat. There is nothing at all, nothing but stones. And sand. Although there is nothing to see, the emptiness has its own beauty. There is a quietness coming over me despite the harsh circumstances. All the problems and possibilities of life seem to dissolve in the infinity of the landscape.

From Marrakech, we have cycled across the Atlas into the Sahara. In two intense weeks we learned to know a bit about the many faces of Moroccan society and we were able to explore the extraordinary Atlas-Sahara region.

See all 19 reports by Erik Nomden

Off the beaten track between Zagora and Tazzarine
Southern Morocco by Bicycle - a solo journey
by Mike Hayes, tour started December 2005, submitted 12 April 2006
Africa: Morocco

This is my own personal diary from a solo trip I made by bicycle around Southern Morocco over Christmas and New Year 2005/2006. My bicycle tours invariably seem to turn into wild and woolly adventures involving deserts, mountains, extremes of weather... and fantastic experiences. This trip was meant to be a little less 'epic' in nature, as such all the camping gear was left at home in favour of guesthouses and pensions though I did fill the space to a degree with a lot of cold weather gear and my sleeping bag - fortunately as you'll see! It worked out well, though the terrain and weather proved to be no less extreme than past adventures and events did not quite turn out in accordance with my admittedly very rough pre-trip plan.

This, my second visit to Morocco, only served to strengthen the memories I have of the country as being populated by overwhelmingly hospitable people and blessed with some of the grandest scenery on the planet.

Picture by Mike Hayes, http://www.mikesimagination.net.

See all 3 reports by Mike Hayes

Five continents on the bike 2001-2006
by rolmaatjes, tour started August 2001, submitted 8 October 2005
language: nl

In 2001 vanuit Nederland vertrokken en nu okt 2005 meer dan 65.000 km en al meer dan 40 landen doorgefietst.

Op de achtergrond het beroemde operagebouw in Sydney
Radreise nach Marokko
by Jan Cramer, tour started February 2004
Africa: Morocco
language: de

Bei der geplanten Tour wollte ich 5 neue, interessante Abschnitte erfahren.Für die Strecke 1 lagen Beschreibungen vor, der Rest ließ sich vor der Tour nicht in Erfahrung bringen.

  1. Strecke durchs ``östliche'' Ait Mansour-Tal
  2. Pistenverbindung Anti-Atlas (Izerbi) an die Strasse Akka - Bouizarkane
  3. Piste Akka - Imitek
  4. Piste Tagmoute - Tiguermine
  5. Piste Tiguermine - Agadir Tasguent - Souk Tnine Toufelazt usw. zurück zum Flughafen
Aber es kam eben vieles anders dieses Jahr...

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

Hinaus in die Wüste
Nederland Azie op die fiets
by Jurgen en Saskia, tour started September 2001
language: nl

Ja, hebben jullie het al gezien, we zijn meer dan 4 jaar onderweg. Wat een tijd en toch.... we genieten er nog elke dag van. Nu zijn we in Jujuy, noord Argentinië. Via Chili gaan we binnenkort naar Bolivia, waar we een tijdlang niet zullen kunnen internetten. We zullen op grote hoogte gaan fietsen, hoogtes waar we nog niet eerder waren. Of dat prettig is.. jullie zullen het later lezen.

Jordan and Sinai
by Jan Cramer, tour started March 1998
Africa: Egypt
language: de

Der folgende Tag stand natürlich ganz im Zeichen der Besichtigung der alten Stätte. Nach einem längeren Fußmarsch erreichte man den Siq, jene imposante, enge Schlucht, die den Einstieg in die Stadt darstellt. Bis hier hatte man auch den Schock über die knapp 50 DM Eintrittsgeld verdaut... Den ganzen Tag stiefelten wir zu Zweit durch die Ruinenstadt, bei brüllender Hitze bergauf und bergab. Neben dem 8000 Menschen fassenden Amphitheater beeindruckte uns vor allem die Anlage als Ganzes und der gute Erhaltungszustand der Gebäude. Alles machte einen ungemein plastischen Eindruck, der Sandstein schimmerte in vielfältigen Farben. Irgendwann ließen jedoch die Hitze und die Menschenmassen die Aufnahmefähigkeit sinken, so daß wir uns zur Rückkehr entschlossen.

Der folgende Tag diente der Erholung. Die Hitze begann unerträglich zu werden, selbst auf dieser Höhe herrschten schon weit über 30° C im Schatten, wir ruhten uns also aus und bereiteten und mental auf die Bezwingung des Desert-Highways vor, wovor uns allerdings schon ein wenig graute angesichts der dort herrschenden Geschwindigkeiten und Verkehrsdichte.

See all 5 reports by Jan Cramer

Sinai and Red Sea
A Bicycle Tour in Egypt made by the command of St Petersburg Bicycle Club
by the Traveller's Federation, Saint Petersburg, Russia, tour started 1997
Africa: Egypt
language: ru

Hurgada - Sharm-el-Sheikh - wadi Dahab - mt. Sinai - oazis Feiran - Suets - Cairo - Luxor - Quena - Hurgada.

The old riverbeds that cross the mountains of Sinai Peninsula are called ``wadi''. Now the rains are rare, but when they happen these narrow valleys become rivers again. We could see signs of it as the soil was a mixture of sand, stones and thorns, and we had to ride on narrow dry streams of clay that could hold the bicycles. The thorns probably belonged to some poisonous plant as they poisoned our living a lot. One day we had to repair the flat tires at least seven times.

From Madrid to Marrakech
by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King, tour started 1996
Europe, Africa: Spain, Morocco

From the moment we started, we knew this was going to be a holiday with a difference. Maybe it was the envious looks we got from British cyclists on the way to Heathrow, or maybe it was the stares from shocked Spaniards as we did a sudden strip-tease beside the baggage reclaim in Madrid, revealing if not our true colours, then at least our lycra-clad limbs. Full of gorgeous pictures well worth waiting for...

See all 2 reports by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King

Fietsreis van Rotterdam naar Kaapstad / Bicycle Trip from Rotterdam to Capetown
by Edward van den Heuvel and Barbera van Gerrevink, tour started July 1995
language: nl

Tussen juli 1995 en december 1996 hebben wij een fietsreis gemaakt van Rotterdam naar Kaapstad. Op deze reis hebben we door twintig landen gefietst in Europa, het Midden Oosten en Afrika. In anderhalf jaar tijd hebben we een afstand van ruim 20.000 kilometer afgelegd. Op deze internet-site kun je enkele verhalen over deze reis lezen en de mooiste van onze honderden foto's bekijken.

Itineraires de l'Atlas Marocain
by Fred Ferchau, tour started 1995
Africa: Morocco
language: fr

A brilliant site, with several well-described itineraries.

Touring in Egypt
by Thomas Driemeyer, tour started 1995
Africa: Egypt

``First, this was not a bicycle tour. It could probably be done by bicycle but I used trains, boats, and buses. And camels, of course. My excuse to put it here that I rented a bicycle in Luxor and rode through the desert to the Valley of the Kings.'' The previous Trento Bike manager, Andreas Caranti, is particularly sympathetic, as he did the same as a young man: his first off-road experience! (And the new manager is the guy on the camel.)

See all 20 reports by Thomas Driemeyer

Riding a camel at the Cheops pyramid.
Cycle Touring in Tunisia
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started June 1994
Africa: Tunisia

[We] spent about a week touring Tunisia in June 1994. We took road bikes and stayed in hotels. It was nice and sunny, but there was sometimes a stiff north westerly breeze.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Bizerte
On the Road to Nowhere - Nowhere is the Place
by Glenn and Sheila Ord

A site filled with tours all over Europe, Africa, Asia, and America.

See all 5 reports by Glenn and Sheila Ord

Saharan Margins
by John Stuart Clark
Africa: Tunisia

The desert is subtle and baffling, with few landmarks and none that appear on any map. For those of us from temperate climes, travelling through such an extraordinary environment can be a mystical experience. It is a disarming vacuum, seemingly benign and very romantic. But come tea time, we come into our own, as temperatures plummet and camel dung camp fires become compulsory. On a clear night, the canopy of stars is awesome and the silence creepy. By 5:00 am, the temperatures are sub-zero.

Trails

Avventure nel deserto Libico al seguito di una strana carovana
by Ambrogio D'Adda, tour started February 2002, submitted 26 August 2006
Africa: Libya
language: it

Grazie alla perenne ricerca di motivazioni, il Vezz, si imbatte nella presentazione di una gara affascinante, spettacolare e singolare.

Queste sono le mie impressioni sull'avventura vissuta nel deserto libico, al seguito di una strana carovana.

See all 5 reports by Ambrogio D'Adda

Mountain biking around Tafraoute
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started March 2004
Africa: Morocco

We spent the first week of March 2004 cycling to, around, and back from Tafraoute at the western end of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. We had been there before, trekking with Exodus in late 1992.

This time we flew to Agadir and on the following morning took our bikes by minibus to Aït Baha, from where we rode on to Tafraoute. We spent 3 days cycling around - largely on pistes - and then rode to the Col du Kerdous, perched over the coastal plain. An easy descent took us to Tiznit, and we returned to Agadir by taxi.

We stayed in upmarket hotels, booked from England by telephone and confirmed by fax. Route-finding was never much of a problem, but it helps to have some acquaintance with the Arabic script since many signposts on tracks and minor roads have no Latin transliterations. We took a GPS unit with us but could have got by perfectly well without it.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Col du Kerdous
Mountain Biking in Morocco
by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion, tour started November 2000
Africa: Morocco

The notes of [8 nights spent] in southern Morocco in November 2000. Includes a narrative and gorgeous pictures.

See all 6 reports by Tracey Maund and Colin Champion

Old Caravan Road from Tamnougalt to Afra
Traversée du Rif en VTT tandem
by Karen Sketchley and Bryce Bénat, tour started 2000
Africa: Morocco
language: fr, en

A nice report, with plenty of photos. Itinéraire:

  • Jour 1: Arrivée à Ceuta le matin. Petite journée d'échauffement jusqu'à Martil
  • Jour 2: Martil à Oued Laou, par la très jolie route côtière
  • Jour 3: Oued Laou à Chefchaouen, en suivant la rivière qui prend sa source à Chaouen
  • Jour 4: Repos à Chefchaouen
  • Jour 5: Chefchaouen à Zoumi, en plein c?ur des campagnes du Rif
  • Jour 6: Zoumi à Karia Ba Mohamed, sortie du Rif
  • Jour 7: Karia à Volubilis (ruines romaines très touristiques)
  • Jour 8: Volubilis à Meknès
  • Jour 9: Repos, visite de Meknès
  • Jour 10: Meknès à Tanger en bus
  • Jour 11: bateau pour l'Espagne
Fin de l'aventure.
Ruins in Meknès
PP in Marokko
by Peter Proepper, tour started November 1999
Africa: Morocco
language: de

Eine Atlasüberquerung per Rad.

From Madrid to Marrakech
by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King, tour started 1996
Africa: Morocco

From the moment we started, we knew this was going to be a holiday with a difference. Maybe it was the envious looks we got from British cyclists on the way to Heathrow, or maybe it was the stares from shocked Spaniards as we did a sudden strip-tease beside the baggage reclaim in Madrid, revealing if not our true colours, then at least our lycra-clad limbs.

See all 2 reports by Joanne Kitson & Matthew King

A solo trip in Southern Morocco
by Andrea Casalotti, tour started November 1994
Africa: Morocco

The diary of a trip from Marrakech over the Atlas, along the Draa valley to Zagora, then coasting the Sahara to Tata and Akka, over the anti-Atlas to Tiznit.

See all 2 reports by Andrea Casalotti

Sites

Menara - Moroccan Web Sites"
Africa: Morocco
language: fr
Fahrrad-Reiseberichte
by Dietmar Jaeger
language: de

An enormous collection of bicycle tours all over the world.
Eine enorme Sammlung von Fahrradtouren in der ganzen Welt.

Cycling info pages

progetto pazzodaviaggiare
by campanella andrea, , submitted 1 March 2011
Europe, Africa
language: it

Un viaggio in solitaria attraverso l‚europa occidentale ed il bacino mediterraneo un percorso che vuole esprimere un messaggio di pace ed integrazione. Fine ultimo del viaggio una missione: raccogliere fondi da devolvere ad un ente benefico che sviluppi piani di cooperazione mirati a soddisfare i requisiti minimi di sussistenza in popolazioni sottosviluppate.

Pazzodaviaggiare sostiene la piccola [dice lui] ICIO ONLUS.

Sono lieto di invitavi a visitare il sito dell‚opera di Maurizio, li troverete tutte le delucidazioni tecniche, il calore dell‚Africa, e l‚energia emanata dal sig. de Romedis, Maurizio detto ICIO.

Per raggiungere lo scopo un metodo da sviluppare con la vostra partecipazione ed un mezzo a impatto ambientale 0: LA BICI! Partenza primavera 2011

Bicycles - World's Most Efficient Means of Transport
by Hostelio, , submitted 2 September 2009

Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories. The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well. [...]

Bicycles are not only thermodynamically efficient, they are also cheap. With his much lower salary, the Chinese acquires his durable bicycle in a fraction of the working hours an American devotes to the purchase of his obsolescent car. The cost of public utilities needed to facilitate bicycle traffic versus the price of an infrastructure tailored to high speeds is proportionately even less than the price differential of the vehicles used in the two systems. In the bicycle system, engineered roads are necessary only at certain points of dense traffic, and people who live far from the surfaced path are not thereby automatically isolated as they would be if they depended on cars or trains. The bicycle has extended man's radius without shunting him onto roads he cannot walk. Where he cannot ride his bike, he can usually push it.

The bicycle also uses little space. Eighteen bikes can be parked in the place of one car, thirty of them can move along in the space devoured by a single automobile. It takes three lanes of a given size to move 40,000 people across a bridge in one hour by using automated trains, four to move them on buses, twelve to move them in their cars, and only two lanes for them to pedal across on bicycles. Of all these vehicles, only the bicycle really allows people to go from door to door without walking. The cyclist can reach new destinations of his choice without his tool creating new locations from which he is barred. [...]

World Bikes
by Daniel Sciboz, submitted 13 December 2006
Europe, Asia, America, Africa

This search engine helps to find information provided directly from about 490 bike manufacturers.

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